PSV must win return clash with Lens after 1-1 draw, says Bosz

Johan Bakayoko sweeps in the opening goal for PSV. Photo: ANP/Maurice van Steen

PSV coach Peter Bosz said his team will need to win the return Champions League against Lens in two weeks’ time to keep their hopes of reaching the knockout stage alive, after the French side held them to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

Johan Bakayoko put the Eindhoven side ahead early in the second half when his low angled drive deceived goalkeeper Brice Samba.

But Lens, who had been under the cosh for the first hour, struck back within 10 minutes when Elye Wahi volleyed in a swerving cross by Przemyslaw Frankowski.

“Over the 90 minutes it was a fair result,” Bosz, whose previous coaching job was at Olympique Lyon, said after the match. “I think we did well, because I know what the atmosphere can be like here but we only really saw it when they scored that goal.”

Clashes between the two sets of fans before the match left 24 people injured as police used batons and tear gas to quell the violence in the city centre and around the stadium.

Crowd trouble

A section of the 2,000 PSV fans also ripped out chairs, threw fireworks and damaged fences in the stadium during the game. PSV were fined €40,000 by UEFA and their fans banned from travelling to the next game following similar scenes in the Europa League against Arsenal in London a year ago.

Tuesday night’s result leaves PSV bottom of group B at the halfway stage with two points from three matches. Arsenal won 2-1 at Sevilla in the other game to go top with six points, one more than Lens, while the Spanish side are ahead of PSV on goal difference.

Bosz said the atmosphere would be different for the match in Eindhoven on November 8. “A few of their fans will be there, but not 40,000,” he said. “And we have to win. That’s clear.”

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